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How Sullivan And Gold Can Rescue West Ham From Relegation


avram grant How Sullivan And Gold Can Rescue West Ham From Relegation

Avram, You're The Man.

Is West Ham’s solution to saving the club from relegation as simple as the formula of sacking Avram Grant as soon as possible, sign Sam Allardyce to replace him and give the manager six players who can walk in to Upton Park and make an immediate difference?

If it is as easy as that, then West Ham United may be in trouble because they don’t seem willing to add more debt to bring in a fleet of new players who are better fitted to save the Hammers from relegation than Grant. I rate Grant highly, but I always feel sorry for him and feel that he’s often the wrong man in the wrong place at the wrong time. Give him Blackburn Rovers or Aston Villa and he’d be able to flourish. But at West Ham where the spectators are getting more frustrated as each loss goes by, you need a stronger personality and someone who would scare the living daylights out of the players to get them to wake up from the dream state that they’re in while playing on the pitch.

If Sullivan and Gold are not willing to bring in an array of new players, then it doesn’t matter which manager you bring in, West Ham are doomed. It’s a difficult situation to be in for the West Ham United owners who have been in charge of the club for one year and one day. The club is in a financial mess where they can’t afford to bring in a lot of new players. And the players that they do have may not bring in a ton of money for the club. Sullivan and Gold have to wonder whether it’s better to throw in the chips now and try to bring the team back into the Premier League next season when they get their parachute payment to rebuild their squad. Or to go into debt now in the hopes that West Ham can stay up.

Martin O’Neill’s decision to pass on the opportunity at West Ham was a wise one. If he left Aston Villa because he refused to reduce the player wage bill, then he would never fit in at West Ham United. It would take a certain character to fit in and work well with Sullivan and Gold. It didn’t work out for Gianfranco Zola and it’s not working for Grant. The only logical solution is to bring in Big Sam, the fix it man. If and when that happens, the club need to get several players (ideally on loan), to replace the leaking defense, to add support in midfield for Scott Parker and to add a new frontman up top.

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12 Responses to How Sullivan And Gold Can Rescue West Ham From Relegation

  1. Cory says:

    I agree. To add to the wishlist, a new center-half and outside back would be nice. If we stay up this season I’d like to see Upson leave, or at least be stripped of his captaincy. He’s been unwilling to sign a new contract for quite some time and has wanted a move, or at least he plays like he wants one, for the past 2 years. Scott Parker is without a doubt the leader on the pitch for the Hammers.

  2. trickybrkn says:

    Peguy Luyindula…. we are going after Peguy Luyindula.

    I agree O’Neill made the right choice… And Sam would have problems with the Davids, and probably the support.

    The state of West Ham is farcical. The Davids have turned a club that generates the 5th largest kit sales in England to a club that is set to go down.

    When they came in the moaned about mobile phone bills, then shouted with hubris that they would sign a 100k a week player. Flashed out every big name to bring in that they could… only to bring in a few castaways from Pompey’s free fall and a few decent young players that as of yet have not blended in. They don’t have the cash to run a top London club. They may love West Ham but they will kill the brand before the ever help.

    West Ham aren’t strangers to this mess… Brown forced out Redknapp and all of our best prospects, took all the cash out of the club. Handed the keys over to some eager Icelandic fellas who promised Champions League football, Pardew screwed a players wife. Tevez affair, Zola coming in running us up the table, then next season barely keeping us up… Then Grant.

    So Avarm Grant could be Alf Ramsey, but with the state of the state of West Ham, we have lost patience with the fight for the bottom. Mopping players, injuries to over paid over the hill cast offs.

    I love West Ham and always will where ever they play, but I will freely admit that we are in shambles. We have the quality to stay up, we have the players. We NEED Grant to now step up and rally the players. And we need players to play even if they have a toothache. Seriously a toothache.
    COYI

  3. priyavrat says:

    gaffer,
    no news from asia cup… really surprising….
    reply me…why it is so?

    • The Gaffer says:

      Asia Cup has little to no relevance on the Premier League. Sorry Priyavrat.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

      • priyavrat says:

        now tell me why u just talk about usa not of india……
        if u would talk about indian people and their interest in soccer then it would help in increasing its popularity to some extent…
        reply me…

        • The Gaffer says:

          Priyavrat, if there’s a topic that is Premier League-focused which has an Indian angle, we cover it. Just a few weeks ago we published an article about what the Premier League TV experience is like for people who live in India.

          Cheers,
          The Gaffer

  4. priyavrat says:

    gaffer,
    please tell me from where r u?
    do u see cricket?
    and what is yours likes and dislikes?

    • The Gaffer says:

      Priyavrat, I was born in Wales and lived there until I was 14 before moving to the United States where I now live in Florida. I don’t watch cricket, although I have fond memories of playing and watching the sport when I was younger.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

  5. brn442 says:

    If West Ham wanted to sack Grant, they should have done it in December. The match against Liverpool was simply shocking. Since then, the team has been playing better and are two wins away from mid table. The players are good enough to keep the club up. It comes down to effective coaching.

  6. Smokey Bacon says:

    Abbott and Costello along with Karen Brady are turning the hamsters into a laughing stock. All this sh*t with Avram should be handled behind closed doors, yet these clowns seemingly can’t wait to undermine Grant in the newspapers. No wonder Martin O’Neill wanted nothing to do with them. Who would want to work for that pair? They make the fat one up at Newcastle look like a blueprint of how to run a football club by comparison.

    • The Gaffer says:

      Smokey Bacon, it’s definitely a circus over there. Two chairmen who are bonkers. Karen Brady revealing secrets in her newspaper column. Rumors aplenty. It’s a recipe for disaster. I will be shocked, absolutely shocked, if West Ham stays up this season. I hate to see them go down, but with the current ownership in place, I won’t shed a tear.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

  7. JSA says:

    if avram grant can save west ham from relegation i will honour the man but it seems impossible to do this, especially with the facilaties and the players they have. i would say there are only 3 or 4 players in squad that can play at premier league level. i.e. scott parker, rob green, tomkins, behrami and piquionne other than this there is nobody who really stands out. So i would be very suprised to see west ham in the premier league next season and grant will propbably lose his job even if he hasnt got the players or sufficiant funds. thats just how football is nowadays.

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